Brandon Roberts is a computational journalist and investigative tools consultant who specializes in applying modern technological investigative methods to local journalism. He has worked with ProPublica, the Associated Press, and small nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S. and internationally.
A Newsroom of Two: Your Computer and You
Local newsrooms across the country are disappearing, but there's at least one potential watchdog left: you! Doing journalism yourself might sound intimidating, but once you know the process, it becomes totally approachable. In this workshop, Brandon will take you through what you need to know to investigate your local government agencies. He'll demystify the investigative process and cover the basic tools every journalist needs to know: generating leads, records requests, public data sources, and navigating your local government's bureaucracy. This is a live session with time to ask questions about how you can report on your community.